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The Apprentice: Tim Campbell on replacing Claude Littner

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The One Show hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas were joined by Lord Alan Sugar and Tim Campbell on Wednesday night. The pair discussed the upcoming series of the BBC reality show, and Tim revealed how he felt to be working alongside Alan after winning the first series in 2005. During the chat, Alex made a sweet tribute to Alan’s business associate and long-term Apprentice co-star Claude Littner as he’ll be absent from the series due to a cycling accident.

After talking about what viewers can expect from the new series, Alex mentioned Tim would be stepping in for Claude as he was recovering from an accident.

Alex said to Lord Sugar: “Along with yourself, you’ve got Tim here now stepping in for Claude.

Sending her well wishes, Alex paid tribute to the businessman as she continued: “We should say, Claude, if you’re watching, get well soon.

“He’s had an accident hasn’t he, he’s been in a bad way, but he’s getting better, which is good news!”

Jermaine interrupted: “He’s on the road to recovery.”

Last month, Claude reassured fans he was “on the mend” after they were left confused by his absence from the newest trailer.

Taking to his Twitter account, he wrote: “I had a cycling accident shortly before filing @bbcapprentice. I was hospitalised and unable to be part of this year’s series.

“Good news… I am well on the road to recovery!”

Claude has been learning to walk again after undergoing nine surgeries, recalling the incident to PA news agency, he said: “I was just pottering along, I must have been doing no more than 10 kilometres an hour on this sort of two road track.

“The next thing I knew, I was on the left-hand side of the street, my bike was in the middle of the road, and I didn’t know what happened.

“I suspect I hit a pothole or something like that, but I must have blanked out at the moment of impact because the next thing I knew, I was lying on the ground.”

Back on Wednesday’s The One Show, Alex continued to speak about Tim’s stint and said: “So you won 17 years ago, how did it feel for you then, Tim, going in and being on Lord Sugar’s side of the table this time, were you as nervous?”

Tim was the first-ever candidate to win The Apprentice in 2005 and won a £100,000-a-year job working for Lord Sugar.

Tim began: “It was more surreal, a surreal experience of being in the boardroom next to Lord Sugar and Lady Brady, of course, accessing the candidates who are going to be the right one for Lord Sugar’s investment.

“Because you have to remember, unlike many other business shows, this is real money, it’s not scripted, Lord Sugar is investing millions in businesses.

“Most importantly, it’s transformed many of their lives, who for me it was completely revolutionary in terms of the things I’ve gone on to do.

“None of that would ever have happened without the catalyst transformation from The Apprentice!”

Jermaine mentioned the 2019 winner, Carina Lepore, and asked Alan how she was getting on with her business, as she would have been highly impacted by the pandemic.

Alan explained: “Yes, sure she got hit, bang, straight away from her coffee shop that was trading brilliantly to lockdown one after the other.

“She quickly adapted to take away food, and I’m pleased to tell you now that instead of one branch, she’s got three branches, so she’s doing alright, and let’s hope we have no more lockdowns!”

The Apprentice begins on Thursday, January 6, at 9pm on BBC One.

The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.

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